Portal problems

July 31, 2006

Hmm, had an intersting report of a problem on the student portal today whereby two students living in a house and using a wireless network appeared to be signed on as one another when viewing their personal details (addresses, financial info, marks, etc.).

That’s a bit worrying, but it’s the first report we’ve ever had of such a thing and it seems significant that they are sharing a connection. I must have a talk with the network services boys tomorrow to understand a bit more about how the wireless stuff works and see what we can do to replicate and hopefully prevent this in future.

We suspect some sort of caching of connection data at the remote network end, as the problem cannot be reproduced on campus. Must keep an eye on that one as there must be lots of people using similar arrangements and as we roll out more sensitive data we must understand where it might end up.



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